20 years ago (2002)
Business is booming here. Cub Foods had a grand opening for its new store in the East Brainerd Mall complex, where leases are already signed by Great Clips, Birgit's Jewelers and JC Penney. In Baxter, Lastigo's Steakhouse just opened outside BIR on Hwy 371, and Godfather's Pizza is coming to a location near Best Buy.
30 years ago (1992)
For the seventh time since 1967, Brainerd voters will be asked whether there should be Sunday liquor sales in the city. The last time the question was raised was in 1977, when the referendum failed by a vote of 662 yes and 1,162 no. No one spoke against Sunday liquor at the special hearing yesterday. The vote will be on Nov. 3.
40 years ago (1982)
At last night's city council meeting, Mayor C. Elmer Anderson took to task those city employees who don't live where they work. But he couldn't stop a change in the residency requirement for police. The change will allow officers to live as far away as 15 miles from the city. Anderson said that the large number of non-resident employees has always bothered him.
60 years ago (1962)
The county fair continued to run far ahead of last year as far as attendance is concerned. Totals released this morning showed a total of 18,792 for the first three days, compared to 14,711 for the same period last year. Final day of the fair is tonight.
80 years ago (1942)
A Brainerd officer in the 194th Tank Battalion is believed to have downed a Japanese plane on the fourth day after the United States declared war on Japan. A letter written months ago by Sgt. Howard Larson, and just now received, says that Lt. Russell Swearingen is credited with downing the plane.
100 years ago (1922)
In an interview with the Dispatch, Miss Eula Michael, city and school nurse, said there are 36 Brainerd children who now know the joy of cleaned and repaired teeth due to the dentists who volunteered to care for the children free of charge. It would have been impossible for them to have afforded the care otherwise.
28/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
29/50: Chicago Tavern on Gilbert Lake circa 1938-1943. Dancing and food. Al LaBarre was the owner. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area' published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
30/50: State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.
37/50: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
38/50: W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1526033
39/50: This truck belonged to Silas Hall's Transfer Line just after World War I. It was used for hauling freight from the NP (Northern Pacific Railroad) depot to stores around town as well as for other kinds of moving. The picture was taken in front of the railroad freight office. Before the truck, Silas Hal used teams of horses and wagons which he kept at 415 Main (now Washington Street). Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
40/50: The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
41/50: This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
42/50: The "fill" grounds skating rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter of 1938-39. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
43/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
44/50: 60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
45/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives
46/50: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
47/50: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
48/50: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.
50/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives